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The Honourable Arthur Holmwood (later Lord Godalming) is a fictional character in Bram Stoker's novel Dracula.

In the novel

He is engaged to Lucy Westenra, and is best friends with the other two men who proposed to her on the very same day — Quincey Morris and Doctor John Seward. In the novel he is the one who drives a wooden stake into Lucy after she becomes a vampire and helps hunt down Count Dracula. In the middle of the story Holmwood's father dies and he succeeds his father as Lord Godalming. It is mentioned in the note at the end of the novel written seven years after Dracula's death, that Holmwood is now happily married.

In other media

Though a major character in the novel, Arthur Holmwood has often been omitted from various adaptations of the story. In the 1977 adaptation Count Dracula, he is merged with the Quincey Morris character and renamed Quincey Holmwood. In the 2006 adaptation Dracula, Holmwood is a far more central character than he is in the novel and portrayed in a much more negative light. To date he has been portrayed in film and television by:

In the 1938 Mercury Theatre radio production of Dracula, Holmwood's character was combined with John Seward's and renamed Arthur Seward. He was voiced by Orson Welles, who also voiced Dracula in the adaptation. The 2004 film Dracula 3000 features a character named Arthur Holmwood, though it is a futuristic science fiction/horror film and this Holmwood is not intended to be the same person. In the full motion video based game Dracula Unleashed, Holmwood is played by Jay Nickerson.


Holmwood and Godalming are both places in Surrey.



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